Massage therapist says Deshaun Watson had erection, ‘thrust pelvis in the air’ and hugged her after session
The massage therapist said that she was sharing her side of the story so as to help to prevent instances as such with others who work in her profession
WARNING: This story contains a detailed account of sexual misconduct
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson faces another accusation of sexual misconduct by a massage therapist who agreed to speak with Sports Illustrated. The anonymous victim is referred to as 'Mary' in the article. The woman, who has not filed a lawsuit against Watson shared her experience with the star in an interview with SI.
Mary opened up about going through an ugly incident with Watson that allegedly occurred in the fall of 2019. Mary had never worked with Watson before. In fact, Mary didn’t know the client would be Watson until about 15 minutes before the appointment, which she says was routine when she’d receive a referral.
The massage that was to be 90 minutes in duration was asked to be extended by the player. Mary had agreed to do so and Watson had asked her to "rub his quads, inner thighs, and abdomen." Mary mentions she used an oversize towel to drape the athlete until about 45 minutes into the session, when he tossed the towel onto the floor, saying it was too itchy. Watson was lying face-up on the table, naked and totally uncovered, something Mary says has never happened during any of her other massage appointments. While she was doing so, Watson allegedly had an erection and thrust his hips in the air. While the massage therapist acknowledged that clients do get erections during massages, they don't react the way the player did. She said, "There was one point that he did tell me that I could move [his penis] if I needed to, and I just completely ignored him.” She thought he was suggesting she touch his exposed penis.
The article further revealed Watson, laid on his back during the massage session and Mary had "noticed different fluids on his stomach." While the session had 5-10 minutes left, the massage therapist revealed that Watson thrust his pelvis in the air again, but faster this time. She added, "At that point, I recognised it for what it was," and also told him to "calm down." When the session ended and Mary had returned after giving Watson privacy to change, he hugged her and walked out the back of the building.
It was also further revealed that Watson had messaged Mary on her Instagram business account for another appointment. She had reportedly told him that their first session had made her feel "extremely uncomfortable." She made it clear that she only does "professional massages and nothing else." The player replied saying, "Oh gotcha, sorry there were no intentions for anything more" and didn't book an appointment with Mary after the conversation had ended.
SI revealed for authenticity that they have "reviewed text and social media messages" to "corroborate Mary’s account" and also interviewed some of the massage therapist's family members as she had spoken to them after the incident. "That family member’s account was consistent with Mary’s," read the article. “The one thing I keep thinking about is, he’s about to get traded to another place. What if he goes to Atlanta or California or anywhere else? He would have a whole new community of massage therapists to target," said Mary. “More than anything, the fact that he’s denying all the allegations makes it more of a reason for us to use our voice and say what we have to say,” she added.
She also revealed that she hopes Watson gets help, "I just want a genuine apology, for us and our community, for putting us in these situations where we don't know what to do. There are so many people that are against us, saying, ‘Why would he do that? He has no reason to do that. He has a beautiful girlfriend; he has this, this, this and this.’ All of those things are true, but fame doesn't create character," she said. On an important note, SI's report made it abundantly clear that Mary was not touched by Watson nor was she forced to do any sexual acts.
The last time Watson contacted Mary was through her personal Instagram account congratulating her on her business. He also then asked her for a massage availability to which Mary replied with screenshots of their previous DM's on her business account. She told him again the basis of the previous conversation saying she runs a "professional business" to which Watson replied to her "positively". He didn't book an appointment this time either. Since then, the massage therapist has had no contact with the quarterback.
With Mary's allegations, Watson now has 19 civil suits that have been filed against him. All the accusers are reportedly being represented by attorney Tony Buzbee. Mary, who has not decided if she wants to file a suit against the quarterback said that she had contacted Buzbee. She revealed that she felt "pressured to sign a contract" when it came to them representing her and so she didn't move on with them. She is reportedly working with civil rights attorney UA Lewis, "to explore her options."
The massage therapist told SI that she was sharing her side of the story so as to help to prevent instances as such with others who work in her profession. Watson's lawyer, Rusty Hardin, responded to the story, telling the publication, "We are just not in any position to comment in any way right now on another anonymous story or complaint. I just think it's unfair to ask us to."
As per the publication, the accusers allege that Watson had "engaged in some form of sexual misconduct against them" during massage appointments. This included "exposing" himself, "touching them with his penis, ejaculating on them or, in two of the complaints, forcing them to put their mouths on his penis." The player has maintained that he has "never treated any woman with anything other than the utmost respect." Hardin, in a statement last week said, “I believe that any allegation that Deshaun forced a woman to commit a sexual act is completely false.” The lawyer further revealed that they have "proof of a previous extortion attempt by one of the plaintiffs who said Watson coerced her into putting her mouth on his penis."
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